Child care law



Proposals to reform Child Care Act 1991 now out for consultation

Proposals to reform the Child Care Act 1991 to reflect "changes in society and our understanding of children's rights" have gone out to consultation.

Published 24 July 2020

COVID-19 creates major issues around access in child care cases

The COVID-19 pandemic has created serious issues, particularly around access, in child care cases, the Child Care Law Reporting Project (CCLRP) has found.

Published 13 July 2020

Former Supreme Court judge says scrapping of DCYA 'would be a tragedy'

It would be "a tragedy" if proposals to scrap the Department of Children and Young People (DCYA) go ahead, former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness has said.

Published 11 June 2020

Interim care order granted in first remote District Court hearing

An interim care order for an unaccompanied child victim of trafficking has been granted in the first-ever remote hearing of a District Court case.

Published 14 May 2020

Children's organisations raise alarm over proposed scrapping of Department of Children

Proposals to scrap the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) have been met with opposition from 60 children and youth organisations.

Published 5 May 2020

Latest volume of child care law reports highlights 'gaps' in mental health care

The High Court's oversight of the treatment of teenagers needing specialised therapeutic intervention, and the disproportionate number of children from ethnic minority backgrounds coming before the child protection courts, are highlighted in the latest volume of reports from the Child Care Law Reporting Project (CCLRP).

Published 13 January 2020

Tusla to challenge court order to pay €35,000 to solicitor to secure vulnerable boy's accommodation

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, is set to challenge a court order to pay €35,000 to a solicitor to help find suitable accommodation for a vulnerable 17-year-old boy.

Published 13 September 2019

Plans to regulate childminders put out to public consultation

Plans to require childminders to register with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, have gone out to public consultation.

Published 30 August 2019

Alleged perjury during in camera hearings can be prosecuted

Allegations of perjury during in camera hearings can be investigated by gardaí and prosecuted by them, the High Court has confirmed in a declaration with particular significance for family law and child care proceedings.

Published 21 August 2019

Woman threatened with jail over child care social media posts

A woman has been threatened with jail if she continues posting information about her son's child care proceedings on social media.

Published 20 August 2019

Draft bill establishes national Guardian ad litem service favouring one in every child care case

Legislation to establish a new national Guardian ad litem service and introduce a presumption in favour of appointing a Guardian ad litem for all children in child care proceedings has been published.

Published 13 August 2019

Child law expert Dr Conor O'Mahony appointed special rapporteur on child protection

Child law expert Dr Conor O'Mahony has been appointed as special rapporteur on child protection for a three-year term.

Published 30 July 2019

First 2019 volume of case reports published by Child Care Law Reporting Project

The Child Care Law Reporting Project (CCLRP) has published its first volume of case reports for 2019, featuring 47 cases including six from the High Court and one from the Court of Appeal.

Published 8 July 2019

#InPictures: Law Society hosts special event on the Children Order

The Law Society of Northern Ireland hosted a special event this week to discuss key issues around the Children Order.

Published 31 May 2019

David Taylor: Who decides where a child in care should live?

David Taylor, solicitor in the child and family law team at Comyn Kelleher Tobin, considers a recent High Court judgment clarifying the powers of the District Court under the Child Care Act 1991.

Published 30 May 2019